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What's Wrong With Texas HB 12?

What's Wrong With Texas HB 12?

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Published by: The Border Network for Human Rights on May 09, 2011
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HB 12: Giving Individual Police Officers the Ability to Act as Immigration Officials Impacts and Consequences of Arizona-Spirited Bill

On Public Safety and Security
1. Local governments, especially their law enforcement departments, will be stripped of the

ability to shape the policy they know to be most effective in providing the level of service local tax payers expect. In an attempt to create a uniform policy across the state, the consequence of this bill is the creation of inconsistency within police departments. officers under his/her command. priorities.

2. A law enforcement executive will not be able to determine the safety priories for individual 3. The individual, rogue officer will be given a hall pass to deviate from command structure

On Local Tax Payer

4. Jeopardizes the relationship between communities and local law enforcement agencies, and
creates a public safety risk.

a. erodes the hard earned trust that a very large and important sector of our society has b. it will call into question the legitimacy of various police actions; c. deter witnesses and victims of crime from cooperating with the police; and, d. force jurors to doubt the testimony of police in court.
on our police officers, namely Latinos and other ethnic groups;

5. If police officers are distracted by looking for immigrant workers it will potentially increase
response time when a tax payer makes an emergency call. On Local Governments

6. Local police department will be subjected to potential law suits due to increased risk of
racial profiling

7. This unfunded mandate will use local precious resources to enforce federal immigration
laws, a responsibility of the federal government.

a. Costs are in terms of time and human resources
i. A police officer will spend time looking for immigrant workers rather than criminals. ii. Our local jails will see an increase in population and thus will have to spend to house people while ICE responds. iii. There are no funds designated for training or continuing education of entire departments on the technicalities and complexities of current and future federal immigration law.

www.reformimmigrationfortexas.org

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